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Caution with the Models of the “Commission de Bons Offices” when Employing Local Staff in Belgium as a Diplomatic Mission

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Good Offices Commission, better known under its French name “Commission de Bons Offices”, has developed model work rules and a model employment agreement for local staff of diplomatic missions. Although both the...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 30

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Bill on Disaster Funding: House Republicans easily passed a supplemental spending bill that included $36.5 billion of disaster aid with a vote of 353-69 after some initial worries on Thursday afternoon that it...more

The measures of the Macron orders have been published in the Journal Officiel

by Hogan Lovells on

Five ministerial orders were adopted, following consultation with the Conseil d’Etat, by the Conseil des Ministres on 22 September 2017. They were published in the Journal Officiel on 23 September 2017 and for now have...more

Timing is Everything

In immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 that it has resumed its premium processing program for all H-1B visa petitions. USCIS had previously suspended...more

Sweeping Changes to French Labor Laws Signal Employer-Friendly Future

by Fisher Phillips on

Today, the French labor market experienced the start of a power swing, from its historically employee-friendly labor regime to a more employer-friendly set of laws, intended to provide employers with greater flexibility in...more

Pensions Round-Up - July/August 2017 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of Pensions Round-Up which provides an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at key developments from the second half of July...more

French Elections Pave Way for Labor, Tax Reforms

In the months following the election of President Emmanuel Macron, who is perceived as pro-business, as well as a parliamentary election in which the new president’s party won the majority, companies and entrepreneurs have...more

Proposed UK Corporate Governance Reforms Target Executive Pay Justification, Employee Engagement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government has proposed several corporate governance reforms in an effort to improve transparency and accountability in private and public employers....more

U.S. Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance in Russia

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Russia announced that it would suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting on August 23, in response to the recent Russian decision to reduce U.S. diplomatic...more

New Guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual May Add Challenges to Visa Issuance at US Consular Posts Abroad

In August 2017, the U.S. Department of State made several revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) that are a direct result of the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO) 13788, which the president signed...more

Brexit: the status of EU citizens in the UK

by White & Case LLP on

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (the so-called "Brexit"). Since the Brexit vote over three million EU citizens living in the UK and over a million UK nationals living in other EU states have been...more

Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives Released July 17, 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives summary....more

Draft tax legislation for 2017 released

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2017 Budget presented before Parliament on 22 February 2017, the draft tax legislation for the specific tax proposals was released on 19 July 2017 for comment. Comments should be made by 18 August 2017. ...more

One year after the Brexit vote – Scotland Yard (still) drives BMW (Aston Martin being reserved for Hollywood)

by Bryan Cave on

This is why Theresa May`s Secretary of State for Business visited BMW´s headquarters in Munich to lobby for BMW`s plant in Oxford. Exactly one year after the Brexit vote, on June 22, 2017, a group of renowned employment...more

Conservative Legislative Agenda Set Out in Queen’s Speech

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Following the UK general election on 8 June 2017, at which Theresa May’s Conservative party won the largest number of seats but lost its overall majority, the Queen’s Speech setting out the now minority Conservative...more

Tax Reform 2017 - Will it Ever Come?

by Dickinson Wright on

For tax attorneys, tax reform is always a hot topic. President Trump was elected with GOP majorities in both chambers of Congress, which would normally make the forecast for tax reform actually being enacted favorable. ...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 41, Reality Winner and Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the weeds around the story of Reality Winner, the leaking of the NSA report of Russian hacking of the US Presidential campaign and election. We tie it to internal...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 11

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Appropriators Float 12-Bill Omnibus Before Recess: House Republicans are weighing an ambitious plan to pass a 12-bill appropriations package for fiscal 2018 ahead of the August recess, top GOP appropriators told CQ Roll...more

June 2017 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

President Trump Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA - On May 18, 2017, President Trump officially notified Congress of the administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

The Future of Takeover Regulation and Corporate Governance in the UK

On 19 April 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the country by calling a snap general election for 8 June 2017. While much of the discourse relating to the election is focused on Brexit and normal political...more

Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House formally notified Congress on Thursday of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert...more

How Will Pro-Business President Emmanuel Macron’s Agenda Impact Business in France and the EU?

by Morgan Lewis on

New French President Emmanuel Macron intends to implement a pro-business agenda and give France the image of a country that is dynamic and well-integrated in the global economy....more

What's New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress returned to session the week of April 24 following a two-week recess. Active discussions and debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and efforts to “repeal-and-replace” the Affordable Care Act resumed...more

Unfair and Unbalanced-Episode 17

by Thomas Fox on

• Measuring the effectiveness of your compliance program three ways; • Why Roy thinks the CO shouldn’t chair the compliance committee – but maybe the general counsel should; • Who I think should chair the compliance...more

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